A total contrast in almost everyway to yesterday's upload yet only a few miles and hours apart. Great Western 4-6-0 Castle Class No 5029 Nunney Castle in late afternoon sun crossing the River Thames near Cholsey along the Great Western main line between Reading and Didcot.
The black smoke is very 'un-Great Western' like, in that it used to pride itself on clean exhausts due to the design of the firebox for burning high calorific Welsh steam coal, sadly no longer used, the indications are that this is a low grade dirty coal which is probably making life difficult for the fireman, though there is a whisp of white steam from the safety value indicating that there is plenty of steam available in the boiler for the driver to call upon.
It was shot across the playing fields of an Independent School with the Thames Valley beyond making it a quintessentially (almost) timeless English early autumn scene. I rather like the arms raised pose of one of the boys.